Having your wisdom teeth removed is one of the most common procedures done in the UK. It’s usually done in your late teens or twenties, when your wisdom teeth come through.
Preparing for wisdom teeth removal
Your dentist will ask you to have an X-ray before having a wisdom tooth removed, so they can see the exact position of the tooth in the gum. This will allow your dentist to work out the best way to perform the extraction of wisdom teeth. Often, wisdom tooth removal is a straightforward procedure that your dentist will be able to do at the dental practice, under local anaesthesia.
If your tooth looks like it will be more difficult to remove, your dentist may need to refer you to a specialist oral surgeon. You’ll need to have the procedure in hospital, and you may be offered general anaesthesia.
Your nurse or surgeon will discuss with you what will happen before you have the procedure, including any wisdom tooth removal pain you might have. If you’re unsure about anything, please just ask. Being fully informed will help you feel more at ease and will allow you to give your consent for the procedure to go ahead.
What are the alternatives to wisdom teeth removal?
If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing you any problems, even if they’re impacted, then you won’t need to have them taken out.
If your dentist thinks there’s a high risk of the nerves around your tooth being damaged, you may be offered a coronectomy. This is a procedure where the crown of the tooth is taken out but some of the root is left in place. This may help to reduce the chances of nerves around your tooth being damaged.
What happens during wisdom teeth removal?